4 Alberta United Conservative MLAs won’t seek re-election next year

United Conservative Party leadership candidates seen at a debate in Edmonton on Sept. 28, 2017. Nathan Gross/ Global News

The United Conservative Party says four of its members will not seek re-election when Alberta voters go to the polls next spring.

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The four include Wayne Drysdale, who represents Grande Prairie Wapiti, Pat Stier from Livingstone Macleod, Little Bow’s David Schneider and Bonnyville Cold Lake member Scott Cyr.

A party official says the four men made their own decision about not running again and wanted to get the word out before the party’s annual meeting next month in Red Deer.

The official says their decisions have nothing to do with the party vetting candidates before next year’s election.

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In a release, leader Jason Kenney thanked the four for their service, and noted the party is attracting new candidates that reflect a more diverse Alberta.

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“On behalf of our party and caucus, I know Wayne, Pat, David, and Scott will be missed,” Kenny said Friday.

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“Together they leave a proud legacy as founding members of our growing party, and each played a critical role in a unity process that brings us ever closer to fulfilling our promise to renew the Alberta Advantage.

“With their departure, I am encouraged by the calibre of candidates our party is attracting, which I believe will reflect the diversity of today’s Alberta.”

The 25-member United Conservative caucus currently includes 23 men and two women.

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